Zimmerman Fund for Scientific Innovation Awards in Brain Science

Applications closed. The 2020 round of applications had been delayed due to COVID-19. We will announce the new call in the coming weeks.

The purpose of these awards is to help brain scientists launch new, innovative research projects with great potential that are too risky and early stage for NIH or other external funding sources. The Carney Institute will make significant investments of up to $100K for one year, renewable for a second year on a competitive basis, to support projects with potential for high scientific impact and potential to attract future external funding.

Innovation Awards are open to all Brown faculty members conducting brain science research at Brown or its affiliated hospitals. Any basic or translational research that is within the Carney Institute mission is eligible for support. However, strictly clinical research is not eligible. Collaborative interdisciplinary projects with more than one Principal Investigator (PI) are encouraged but not required. Individuals may not participate on more than one application responding to this call for Innovation Awards.

Projects involving one or more junior investigator (holding a faculty appointment at the assistant professor level at the time of submission) as PI/co-PI may request a $32,000 supplement. Only a single $32,000 supplement may be requested per proposal, regardless of the number of junior investigator co-PIs involved. The supplement is intended to provide the junior investigator with additional personnel effort on the project, however other uses may be requested. 

The application deadline is June 17, 2019 (anticipated start by October 1, 2019). Applications should be submitted as a single document in .pdf format using the Online Application Form. Please use the PI’s last name at the beginning of the file name.

Questions about the Innovation Awards program should be directed to John Davenport, managing director of the Carney Institute.

Zimmerman Fund for Scientific Innovation Awards in Brain Science - 2019 Call for Applications

Innovation Awards - 2019 Instructions to Reviewers

2019 Results